Pension-Padder Wants To Sue The County
AFTER 18 MONTHS OF ACCUMULATING misconduct and dereliction warnings and suspensions, Stanislaus, California, Consolidated Fire District Chief Steven Mayotte is being shown the door in an unceremonious dismissal. But he's not going without a fight, it seems.
Mayotte has filed a suit against the fire district claiming that he wasn't properly afforded an appeal of his latest suspension which began in February. The long, long list of violations and questionable actions that he has taken since being appointed chief in 2005 has been nicely documented by Richard Paloma, staff reporter for the Oakdale Leader. Here are just a few of the charges against Mayotte:
A review of court records filed by Mayotte’s attorney, Michael Macko of Modesto, shows that Mayotte received a notice of discipline in May 2012 proposing a 14-day suspension and requiring him to attend ethics training and workplace harassment prevention training.
According to the documents, the action arose from a complaint where Mayotte was found to have committed "two incidents of verbal indecency in the workplace" and made reference to "body parts."
…. he received a notice in November 2012 regarding another misconduct investigation for a series of additional acts that had been unveiled. In February he was put on administrative leave with pay pending termination for "continued violation of District policy and procedure."
The investigation also showed Mayotte allowed six administrative employees, including himself, to utilize the same holiday cash out benefit given to the firefighters on the 24/7 schedule. The benefit when used results in a higher yearly retirement report on behalf of the employee to PERS.
Steven Mayotte (Modesto Bee)
The district also questioned why Mayotte promoted Kevin Wise to a battalion chief position with the district outside of board approval.
At the time of his promotion, Wise was a captain with the Oakdale Fire Department but was on a limited work assignment due to a workers compensation claim. After the promotion, just two months later, Wise went off on workman’s compensation with the district from September 2012 to Jan. 17, 2013.
The fire district report states, "It is unclear why the employee (Mayotte) would enter into this arrangement with Battalion Chief Wise unless he had a financial interest in the arrangement."
In May of this year, after no less than 11 hearings regarding the matter, the Stanislaus Consolidated Board of Directors decided to impose a 60-day suspension on Mayotte and, after the suspension was served, demoted him to the rank of battalion chief.
Believe it or not, there's even more than all that. Read the entire article in the Oakdale Leader HERE.
The most puzzling part of this story is why he was allowed to remain as long as he has, even while continuing his unethical practices with no apparent letup on his part.
Hat tip to Clint
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